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Government official fired for worrying about wet shoes when visiting flood victims

| June 23rd, 2014
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A Jiangxi government official forced a man to carry him on his back to avoid ruining his expensive shoes while visiting a rescue site, according to People’s Daily.

Rain slammed Guixi City about 12:30 p.m. on June 20, flooding the streets, sidewalks and overflowing streams while children were sent home for lunch. After falling in water on their way home from school, one student drowned and another went missing. Government officials rushed to the scene but, [...]Read more…

After finding and correctly guessing a bankcard password, a Guangxi man was sentenced to 5 years in prison for fraud

| June 17th, 2014
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After correctly guessing a found debit card’s PIN number and indulging in a spending spree, a Guangxi man was sentenced to 5 years in prison Xinhua News reported on June 17.

Su Mou apparently found the lost bankcard at a Nanning roadside. The Guangxi man went to a Dongxi City Agricultural Bank of China ATM and, after several failed attempts at guessing the card password, Su finally got it right. He transferred 450,000 yuan to [...]Read more…

Two Chinese men accused of smuggling U.S. military sensors

| June 16th, 2014
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Two Chinese men allegedly bought and tried to smuggle U.S. Military sensors out of the United States South China Morning Post reported on June 16.

Bo Cai, 28, and Wentong Cai, a 29-year-old graduate student in Iowa, were both arrested after being caught in an undercover sting operation. They are facing charges of smuggling goods and violating the Arms Export Control Act, which requires that certain items being shipped to China, Syria and Sudan have [...]Read more…

China admits environmental future “not optimistic”

| June 16th, 2014
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In honor of World Environmental Day, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection recently released its “2013 China Environmental Status” report, a profile of the water and ambient air quality index (AQI) of 74 “key” Chinese cities during 2013. Surveyors reported 35.9 smoggy days on average during 2013, an increase of 18.3 days from 2012. Haikou, Zhoushan and Lhasa were the only cities that’s average AQI met national standards during 2013, while Beijing, neighboring Tianjin and other cities [...]Read more…

Jiangsu police break up child pornography site with 90,000 members

| June 12th, 2014
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Jiangsu police arrested three men involved in a discontinued child pornography website Modern Express newspaper reported on June 7.

At the site’s peak, “YouYou Resource Network” apparently featured 45,000 pictures and videos of young girls performing sexual acts, and had 90,000 registered members. Three men involved in managing the site were arrested on charges of creating a pornographic site and collecting illegal dues.

Police were tipped off about the site in February 2014, when the Xuzhou “internet police” [...]Read more…

Henan school children practice “anti-drowning”

| June 10th, 2014
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In an incredibly literal lesson regarding personal safety, Henan school children plunged their heads into buckets of icy water to practice “anti-drowning” techniques on June 9, according to chinanews.com.

Approximately 70 students at a primary school in Yanshi Shouyang city lined into meticulous rows about midday that Monday, and dunked their heads into buckets and cooking pots filled with water to practice “anti-drowning.” Yanshi Shouyang is apparently located near a river where children often play during the [...]Read more…

Guangdong park buries 10,000 live fish after complaints about pond overcrowding

| June 9th, 2014
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Guangdong park employees buried 10,000 kilograms of live fish in response to citizen complaints about pond overcrowding Southern Metropolis Daily reported on June 5.

Park employees netted and buried the small silver fish in a Foshan landfill, apparently responding to citizen complaints that overcrowding was damaging the park’s ecosystem. Management concluded that the incredible population of pond fish didn’t allow any room for fish to grow — killing off fish before they had the chance to [...]Read more…

Guizhou bridge deconstructed

| June 9th, 2014

Chinanews.com published these thrilling pictures of a bridge in Guizhou being deconstructed on June 6. Although information on why the structure was exploded was unavailable, the deconstruction of Maotain Rehuai Bell Tower Bridge was apparently a success. Please enjoy these festive pictures!

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Hunan men try to free friend from prison by pretending to be U.N. peacekeeping officials

| May 28th, 2014
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Two Hunan men were arrested after pretending to be United Nations officials pleading the release of a friend from prison on May 17, according to Offbeat China.

The men stepped through the door of Yuyang Prison in YueYang city about late afternoon that Saturday, armed with four well-prepared “red head” documents, a nickname for government-issued papers in China.

“We are here to request Mr. Lin’s release for medical treatment,” one man said to prison security. “The release [...]Read more…

Wuhan housing manager rolls out barbed wire against square dancers

| May 26th, 2014
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Despite barbed wire, hazard cones and a make-shift 100-meter long fence, a group of square dancers continued to perform at the entrance of a housing complex Wuhan Times reported on Sunday.

Building residents had apparently been complaining for weeks, property owners said, saying the music distracted students who were trying to study and was a nuisance to families after a long day of work. The building manager asked the dancers to either perform without music or [...]Read more…

Hubei man in traffic dispute hangs onto car roof for 15 miles

| May 19th, 2014
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A Hubei man clung to a car roof while the vehicle traveled more than 15 miles between cities Hubei News reported on May 12.

The Yunmeng man apparently leaped onto the taxi’s roof at Xiaogan City and clutched the passenger side and drivers side windows for support while the car drove more than 15 miles along State Road 316. The man apparently jumped onto the roof of the car after getting in a dispute with the [...]Read more…

Anhui winery models toilet after U.S. congress building

| May 19th, 2014
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A Anhui winery built toilets in the style of the U.S. Capitol Building Anuhui News reported on May 12.

Sporting traditional columns, a circular dome and high windows distinct to the U.S. Capitol, the luxurious restroom takes up more than 4,000 square feet, and is only open to Golden Seed winery staff and visitors. But, any resemblance to The Hill is merely a coincidence, said brewery staff.

“We were just trying to be novel,” an employee [...]Read more…

Beijing man sues Yao Ming over fish oil pill

| May 15th, 2014
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A Beijing man is suing Yao Ming for endorsing an apparently misleading health food product, according to china.org.cn.

Feng Changshun is seeking 500RMB from a Beijing retail chain for allegedly exaggerated the benefits of By-Health fish oil capsules, and requested $0.01RMB from spokesperson Yao Ming for his involvement. Beijing’s Xicheng district court will hear the case.

“(The lawsuit) is symbolic. I want (Yao Ming) to admit to infringements of my rights,” he said.

Feng is suing [...]Read more…

Guangdong factory waste dyes river red, blue

| May 13th, 2014
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Waste from a Guangdong factory dyed a waterway magenta and blue on the afternoon of May 12, according to Guangzhou Daily.

A Huizou printing plant apparently illegally discharged its rubbish into the small waterway about 12 p.m. that Tuesday. Dyed red near the factory and blue upstream, residents noticed the bizarre colors immediately, and sent pictures to Yuanzhou county officials and posted them online.

Shocked, government workers and Boluo Eco-environmental protection agency staff rushed to the scene, and [...]Read more…